Roslindale ESOL Awards 2024

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A group of people smiling together, including State Senator Mike Rush and State Rep Consalvo
Pictured above: Instructors Gail (seated in the middle) and Seth Grady (standing third from right, also holding Zoraida’s award) are among the awardees recognized by Casserly House on May 9th!  Rep. Consalvo stands second to the left.  City Councilor Pepén stands to the right.

by Mary Beth O’Sullivan, Ignatian Volunteer, and Donna Stiglmeier, Director of Casserly House

ESOL Recognition Day in Roslindale on May 9th was an amazing and inspirational evening in a packed community room at Roslindale’s BPL! Roslindale’s Adult Literacy Community recognized volunteers and especially adult learners of English (for Speakers of other Language-ESOL). Stories were told of adult learners traveling up to 2 hours each way to learn English, of overcoming fear, and of the opportunities opened as English language skills increased. Straight from the heart, in Spanish and then English, City Councilor Pepén shared about his Dominican parents coming to the United States. Representative Consalvo remarked, “I see future elected officials in this room; your stories are so inspiring!” Casserly House, ABCD Adult ESOL Program, and the Roslindale Branch of Boston Public Library were sponsors.

Casserly House was delighted to recognize Zoraida, from Venezuela, for her joyful personality, faithfulness to attendance, and enthusiasm for learning. The volunteer mother and son team of Gail and Seth were honored for their commitment to Casserly House through the years. Casserly House is so grateful to have a team of dedicated volunteers.  In Zoraida’s words, “Thank you, Teacher!” In the volunteers’ words, “The adult learners are an amazing bunch of people, each with their own story!”

Pictured above: Seth, who works full time and teaches every Monday morning, spoke of the gifts that he receives from the adult learners and the values of service instilled in him by his mother, Gail, who volunteers on Thursday.  Gail spoke about being uplifted after teaching.

In class by Lindsay, Zoraida was recognized.  At the event by Donna, Zoraida was recognized. Other adult learners and volunteer instructors attended!